How to Protect Yourself

A thief with a trick laptop

Below are some tips to protect yourself from identity theft:

  • Order your free credit reports every year:
  • Write: Annual Credit Report Request Service P.O. Box 105281Atlanta, GA&; 30348-5281 Call toll free: 1-877-322-8228
  • Go to: (NOT

Shred personal papers, receipts and junk mail

Opt-out of prescreened credit card offers:

Read credit card and bank statements immediately

  • Keep a record of all credit card and bank account numbers separate from your wallet.

Guard your social security number, other personal information and credit card numbers

  • Don't provide personal information to any caller or respond to an e-mail message unless you have initiated the transaction.
  • Don't reveal personal information on public phones or cell phones.
  • For online purchases, be sure the lock or key icon on your browser's screen is whole.

Federal Trade Commission's Identity Theft Hotline: 1-877-IDTHEFT (438.4338)

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